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Thomas Joseph ‘Tom’ Poole, 84, of Great Barrington

The family wants to thank the staff at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox and the staff at Sugar Hill Assisted Living in Dalton for the care, compassion, and comfort they provided Tom during his days at these facilities.

Thomas Joseph “Tom” Poole, 84, sadly passed away of natural causes Monday morning, March 4, 2024, at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. Tom was a resident of Great Barrington since 2016.

Born on August 14, 1938, in Los Angeles, Calif., Tom was the son of Joseph Hudgins and Leila Mae Shirk Poole. He spent most of his life living in the Orange County area of California. Tom was an Electrical Engineering graduate of the University of California, Berkely. He worked with and built computers and, eventually, owned and operated his own Computer Consulting Business. Tom enjoyed flying his Beechcraft Queen Air as a favorite pastime and traveled throughout the West visiting family, as well as various vacation locations. His airplane had a moment of fame, appearing in the 1995 film “Congo.” He was also an avid fan of classical music and developed a deep knowledge of classical works and their composers and attended classical performances as often as possible.

Tom is survived by his wife Nancy Bice Coleman, as well as her children and grandchildren in Great Barrington; a half-sister, Helen Irene Poole Dail (Jack) if Meridian, Idaho; a half-brother, Michael Joseph Poole of Gridley, Calif.; his granddaughter Mary Hamer Meek of Fullerton, Calif.; two great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Harper Meek; three nieces; one half-niece; and four half-nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Elane Kirsch Poole, his daughter, Loretta Anne Poole Hamer, his son, Jeffrey Kevin Poole, his brother, Carl Daniel (Danny) Poole and a half-sister, Patricia Ann Poole.

The family wants to thank the staff at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox and the staff at Sugar Hill Assisted Living in Dalton for the care, compassion, and comfort they provided Tom during his days at these facilities. We also want to recognize and thank Aida Constante for her compassion, care, and assistance during Tom’s declining health. Thanks also to all those who monitored and communicated with Tom as his health declined; he always enjoyed the phone calls, visits, and encouragements. Condolences may be made through the website of Birches-Roy Funeral Home.

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